Kaye) saves the life of Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) in Second World
War. They become a successful singing act after the war ends.
commanding officer General Thomas F. Waverly (Dean Jagger) has trouble
finding a new job after the war. Phil and Bob are approached to
help by two sisters Betty Haynes (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes
(Vera Ellen) who may, or may not, have the hots for our dapper heroes...
reds and whites are stunning. Christmas was never the same after
me! It makes me want to decorate up a tree, and it's only March."
a dry eye, nose or leg in the house!"
great thing with these war era musicals is the gritty humour in
them. Stunningly superb, not as funny as Singin
in the Rain, but very colourful."
movie is not recommended for those with a red colour blindness."
a number of misunderstandings, Wallace and Davis' honourable motives
for putting on a show for the General become clear. The old curmudgeon
initially refuses to come down in his uniform, but he eventually
does and is lead into the ballroom by his granddaughter not knowing
what is in store.
in the dark, is his old unit who sing the song ('We'll follow the
old man') we last saw them singing in a show during the war. Grab
yer hankies, it's a howler!
what a cockle warmer this movie is, and has been since it's first
airing on the seasonal big screen in 1954. A nicely cynical, at
times, screenplay leads us round the houses, and musical ditties,
inexorably to that final belting-out of the White Christmas standard
that has enchanted many a festivitide since.
movie will perhaps mean most to those who remember the second world
war. For those of us young'ens, or those without a military fetish,
the war references are somewhat over our heads. This musical is
from a more cynical time, a harder time, when the world still remembered
being at war.
Crosby (stunning voice) and Danny Kaye together are superb, as is
the screenplay which gives them some zippy dialogue, and their chemistry
is fantastic - Watch when they perform the mimed 'Sisters' song,
the Kaye character hits the Crosby character in the chest with his
feather fan, Crosby seems to be taken by surprise and laughs, surely
they rehearsed this beforehand? Wonderful either way.
the ultimate all time greatest musical movie of all time see Singin
In The Rain, for a shot of pure Christmas there are few
better movies than this one.